10 Best Plus Size Motorcycle Jacket Review Guide

Updated May 2022


Alpinestars Stella GP Plus R v3 Airflow Jacket

Optimized for the track and performance riding, the Stella GP Plus R v3 Airflow Jacket is a sport jack that is worthy of your favorite apex or racetrack. This third edition of the GP Plus R Jacket balances ultra-durable materials and construction with strategic stretch and accordion flex panels. A waterproof inner pocket and reflective accents for nighttime visibility add useful touches for time spent on the street. Pockets for optional chest and back protectors can take the protection game to an even higher level. As you carve your next corner, you will be doing so in the best fit, mobility and protection possible. 


  • Premium 1.3mm bovine leather construction
  • Localized perforations for improved ventilation
  • High Resistant Stretch Fabric (HRSF) strategically positioned for comfort
  • Included Nucleon Flex Plus CE Level 1 armor on shoulder and elbow
  • Pockets for optional Nucleon KR-Ci chest and back protectors (sold separately)
  • Accordion leather stretch panels on back and shoulder
  • HRSF polyamide stretch material on sleeves for an optimized fit mobility
  • Waist adjustment 
  • Low profile collar with soft edging and 3D mesh liner
  • Two zippered hand pockets and two inner pockets
  • Inner waterproof document pocket
  • Zippered ventilation for improved airflow
  • Reflective inserts 
  • Meets CE Category II PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 – AA class for protective riding garments

Note: Production version does not have zippered underarm pockets as shown in images. 



Motonation Pursang Tourventure Jacket

Whether you are riding ’round the continent or just across your state, the Motonation Pursang is the ¾ length riding jacket for you. The Pursang feature both a removable thermal liner and a removable Reissa waterproof liner that zips in between the outer shell and thermal liner, so no matter the weather, you are prepared. The hook and loop and snap secured wind and water flap covers a 2-way, heavy duty YKK zipper. Neoprene is used in the collar and cuffs for comfort. Ready to go riding? The Motonation Pursang Jacket is the one you’ll reach for, again and again.


  • 4 zippered chest and shoulder vents, 2 zippered vents in the upper arms combine with 2-way sleeve zippers for maximum air flow
  • 2 large rear zip open lateral vents
  • 100% polyester anti-bacterial mesh lining
  • Features a removable and washable thermal liner
  • Removable Reissa waterproof liner zips in between the outer shell and thermal liner
  • Multiple stitched seams are featured in all impact areas for maximum tear resistance
  • Removable high impact CE approved dual-density protective armor on elbows and shoulders
  • 8mm thick memory foam back pad
  • Neoprene is used in the collar for maximum rider comfort with button closure
  • Hook and loop collar tie back for riding comfortably with the collar open
  • Reflective striping is used on the arms as well as across the back of the jacket for increased visibility
  • YKK zippers with long zipper pulls used throughout
  • 2-way, heavy duty YKK entry zipper
  • Hook and loop and snap secured wind and water flap over the main two-way entry zipper
  • Dual sleeve gather snaps are used on each arm for maximum comfort
  • Adjustable hook and loop waist straps
  • Pre-curved arms for a more natural fit and maximum riding comfort
  • Two upper and two lower front horizontal entry outer pockets, two fleece lined hand warmer pockets and a large rear pocket that can hold the thermal liner once removed
  • Three interior pockets including a waterproof wallet pocket on the shell and a mobile phone pocket plus 1 interior pocket incorporated into the thermal liner
  • 8” YKK zipper for jacket-to-pant attachment
  • Neoprene cuffs secured with a two-way zipper and hook and loop for a perfect fit
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Alpinestars Stella Wake Air Jacket

Alpinestars Stella Wake Air Women’s Jacket

Sport riding in the summer heat is much more comfortable with the Alpinestars Stella Wake Air Jacket thanks to large swathes of mesh panels at the chest, back and sleeves. Textile reinforcement at the shoulders and elbows is backed by CE level 1 certified armor with the option to add in CE rated chest and back protection. Accordion stretch panels on the back of the jacket allow easy reach to handlebars or even clip-ons. 


  • Multifabric shell construction with mesh panels on chest, back and sleeves for improved cooling performance
  • Accordion inserts on shoulder blades
  • Waist adjustment for improved riding fit
  • Multiple volume adjusters on sleeves
  • Two zippered hand pockets plus inner waterproof wallet pocket
  • Waist connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars riding pants
  • Embroidery logos
  • Low profile collar construction with microfiber comfort edging plus 3D textured fabric inner collar lining for comfort
  • Pre-curved sleeve construction reduces riding fatigue
  • Reflective details
  • Scratch saver front flap
  • Small pocket on left sleeve
  • Pocket for optional back protection (sold separately)
  • Multiple snap button system to integrate the Level 2 CE Nucleon back protector (sold separately)
  • Microfiber comfort edge on collar
  • Level 1 CE Bio Armor shoulders and elbow protectors

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Helite Leather Airbag Jacket

The Helite Leather Airbag Jacket is designed for street riders that want the ultimate in unobtrusive protection. With a built in Helite Airbag Vest that is set up on a tether trigger, Knox elbow and shoulder armor and a SAS-TEC CE level 2 back protector you are completely covered. Deployable in just 0.1 seconds, the Helite Leather Airbag Jacket protects you like no other jacket. Designed to support your neck and spine, it provides critical protection to you vital organs and stabilizes your body in the event of a crash. The supple 1.3 mm cowhide leather has a classic cafe style cut and comes with FreeAir mesh vents and a removable thermal liner.


  • Runs small, order one size larger than the size chart suggests


  • Airbag fully inflates in less than 0.1 seconds
  • Jacket-style body-worn protective air bag system
  • Removable Sas-Tec Level 2 back protector
  • Knox CE certified shoulder and elbow protectors
  • 1.3mm cow leather
  • FreeAir mesh vents in armpits
  • Wrist fasteners
  • Comfortable open soft collar
  • Removable 100% polyester thermal liner
  • Integrated CO2 cartridge with tether (60cc for MD-2XL, 100cc for 3XL-4XL)

Note: This jacket does not include waist adjustment straps.



First Manufacturing Top Performer Jacket

The style of the First Manufacturing Top Performer jacket will draw you in and the features such as mandarin style collar, padded shoulder detailing and removable liner will keep you riding.


  • Generous American cut
  • Single snap mandarin collar
  • Padded shoulder detail
  • Two vented chest pockets
  • Two lower zip pockets
  • Zipper vent on each sleeve
  • Padded elbow and kidney area
  • Zippered cuff
  • Two inner pockets
  • Grommets under each arm
  • Snap side tab adjustment
  • Full sleeve zip out liner
  • Pockets for optional armor (sold separately)


Alpinestars Stella GP Plus R v2 Airflow Perforated Jacket

Sportbike style, track protection and slim-fitting summer perfection meet in the second generation Stella GP Plus R V 2 Airflow Jacket. A refined fit with added adjustability and extensive, strategically-positioned poly-fabric stretch inserts results in both better range of motion and a more flattering line to the jacket.

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Zippered vents inlets at the shoulders and targeted perforated panels along the abdomen and arm form a race-bred ventilation scheme derived from Alpinestars’ professional track suits. For the smart sport rider seeking equal parts warm weather safety and style, the Alpinestars Stella GP Plus R Airflow V 2 Perforated Jacket goes hard on the street and easy on the eyes.

Note: We have found this jacket runs small and strongly recommend going up 1 size.


  • Highly durable premium 1.3mm multi-panel leather construction
  • Strategically placed and extensively perforated leather panels
  • Alpinestars race-derived and CE- approved removable internal shoulder and elbow protectors
  • Shoulder protection features over-molded advanced TPU guard layered under the outer fabric
  • Pockets for optional chest and back protection (sold separately)
  • Size-adjustable snap-button system to integrate Level 2 CE certified Alpinestars Nucleon Back protector (sold separately)
  • Extensive, advanced poly stretch inserts on chest, underarm and rear shoulder
  • Extensive accordion leather stretch panels above elbow areas
  • Perforated padded panels integrated into main shell and sleeves for improved fit
  • Combination snap button and zipper wrist closures for secure and customized fit
  • VELCRO® brand fastener and D-ring waist adjustments
  • Zippered ventilation inlets on shoulders
  • Soft 3D mesh collar construction plus 3D mesh cuff edging
  • Mesh liner construction for improved breathability, comfort and ventilation
  • External, large-opening zippered front hand pockets
  • Multiple internal compartment pockets feature VELCRO® brand fasteners  for additional security
  • Interior waterproof wallet pocket for safe storage of documents/electronics
  • Waist connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars riding pants
  • Reflective detailing


Spidi Modular Jacket

The Spidi Modular Jacket lives up to its name, allowing you to choose the level of thermal and waterproofness needed for the ride. Vents cool and allow moisture to escape on those days that are humid and hot. The 100g insulated thermal liner keeps you warm on those chilly days and nights.


  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable H2Out garment
  • 3 jackets in 1: outer layer, H2Out membrane and thermal liner
  • Removable liner with 100g insulation
  • Removable 2nd layer H2Out liner laminated fabric
  • Optional Max Liner Plus insulating jacket (sold separately)
  • High tenacity Extra Tenax triple twisted Nylon thread
  • High tenacity elastic flex Tenax Nylon for extreme abrasion resistance
  • High tenacity polyester fabric
  • Reflective zones for night-riding
  • Punched mesh fabric
  • Step in Clothing layered system
  • Waterproof outside pocket
  • Vents
  • Zipper to join jacket to pants
  • Integrated Ergofit adjustment system
  • Adjustable waist
  • Straps to adjust and fasten CE protectors
  • Adjustable drawstring
  • Adjustable EST fastening at neck
  • Resealable vented panels
  • Force-Tech removable protectors CE certified EN 1621-1:2012 at shoulder and elbows
  • Pocket for optional back protector (sold separately)
  • Pocket for optional Warrior chest protector (sold separately)


Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 Jacket

Back for another round of multi-season slaying riding action, the Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 is the latest iteration of an industry standard that knows no equal. Retaining the same basic functionality of the previous version, the redesigned Atomic 5.0 incorporates even more functionality for true year-round riding. External armor pockets now make it even easier to ditch those pads when you’re not riding, while a Rock Tex and Hitena Waterproof shell with integrated dual closure main zipper and storm flap keep you dry no matter what. A reinvented ventilation scheme improves air flow on warm days and an included removable full-sleeve thermal liner is there to retain your body heat when riding in colder weather.


  • Athletic / slim


  • Combined waterproof treated Rock Tex and Hitena outer shell for maximum impact resistance
  • Externally accessible CE approved armor in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable spine pad with pocket for optional armor
  • Variable Flow ventilation system with waterproof zippers
  • Cross Linked Ventilation with Wind Tunnel Cooling
  • Full Flex articulated back expansion panels
  • Comfort neoprene cuff design
  • 6 point Sure Fit custom adjustment system
  • 2 outside pockets, 1 internal chest pocket
  • Large padded lower back storage pocket
  • 8” zipper plus 2 belt loops for jacket to pant attachment
  • Removable insulated full sleeve liner with internal pocket
  • 360˚ reflective panels and logos
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Note: We have found the Forcefield Pro Lite K Back Insert in size 002 to be a good fit for this jacket.



Helite Free-Air Mesh Airbag Jacket

Stay protected, even when the temperature rises, with the Helite Free-Air Airbag Jacket. The Helite Free-Air Vented Airbag Jacket is equipped with Helite’s patented Turtle Airbag technology. It has a 600D Cordura exterior with mesh panels for maximum airflow. The Free-Air Airbag Jacket includes a removable waterproof rain liner for those cold, wet riding days. The rain liner is fleece-lined with no connecting points to the jacket. The jacket comes equipped with CE approved shoulder and elbow protectors and SAS-TEC CE 2 back protector.


  • Airbag fully inflates in less than 0.1 seconds
  • Removable waterproof liner
  • Retro-reflective piping at front, back and arms
  • Abrasion-resistant 600D Cordura
  • Comfortable neck 
  • Mesh panels
  • Zippered cuffs with strap adjustment
  • 1 60cc CO2 cartridge and 1 lanyard included
  • CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow armor
  • Included SAS-TEC CE Level 2 static back protector
  • Multiple pockets
  • All sizes use the 60cc CO2 cartridge

Note: The Free-Air Jacket runs small. We recommend ordering 2 sizes larger than your normal jacket size.



BMW Essential Plus Jacket

Geared up for adventure, the three-quarter length Essential Plus Jacket from BMW pairs a tough, water resistant shell with a fully waterproof removable zippered membrane and thermal vest insert. In warm weather, remove the waterproof liner and enjoy the high volume of airflow moving in through the roll-down front air panels and out through rear exhaust vents. When temperatures drop, the waterproof liner doubles as a windproof barrier to boost the Essential Jacket’s thermal abilities.

This “Plus” version of the jacket also packs a quilted thermal vest liner for added versatility. A full suite of BMW NPL impact protectors is included for the elbows and shoulders. Dual rear stash pockets at the lower back are asymmetric to organize all sizes of gear. Bright blue pull tabs make for an easy grip on the pockets and accessories. Using the jacket to pants connection zipper, the Essential Jacket can be made into a full touring suit with the addition of the BMW Essential Pants. . 


  • Abrasion and water resistant polyester construction
  • Removable, waterproof inner liner with zippered fasteners
  • Removable quilted thermal vest liner
  • Oversized, roll down front air vent panels
  • Dual rear exhaust vents
  • Hook and loop adjusters at collar and waist
  • Zippered sleeve cuffs with hook and loop closures
  • Cuffs feature a perforated gusset for added optional venting
  • Reflective inserts on front and rear shoulders and back of collar
  • Jacket to pants connection zipper
  • Two front waist pockets and two inner pockets
  • Asymmetric rear stash pockets
  • BMW NPL impact protectors at shoulders and elbows
  • Contrasting, BMW branded blue pull tabs